The concept for A Title. was born from a lack of diverse representation in mainstream media of the LGBT+ community. Gaining LGBT+ presence in media has proven to be an ongoing struggle, however when this community does get the spotlight it seems to be confined to limiting stereotypes which promote a falsehood about the community. A Title. is a print publication that will act as a platform for the minority to have their voice heard. A collection of artwork, poetry, writing, photography, interviews, and more from creative LGBT+ community members curated into a beautifully clean end product. The first edition will examine, express and inspire through stories of personal identity.
"A Title." aims to:
- Examine every facet of the LGBT+ spectrum, giving a voice to those often left in the sidelines.
- Express Be an outlet and a platform for expression without judgement. Give youth from around the world the opportunity to submit work to be considered for publication.
- Inspire Be a source for LGBT+ youth around the world, giving them a publication which they can finally identify with.
Volume No. 1 – Identity
The inaugural volume of our publication will explore ideas of identity in relation to gender, sexuality, race, origins, and personal beliefs. The curated body of work will display the wide array of choices todays youth have in the ongoing evolutionary process of being and living your truth.
As a team, we've developed a realistic funding strategy to get the first publication printed and delivered to our backers.
Your pledge will fund:
- 1 Full Colour Printed Issue – $3756.59 (250 Copies w/Print Ninja)
- Typeface Licensing "Grouch & Avenir" (MyFonts.com) – $497.00
- Kickstarter Processing Fees – $500.00
- Maintaining a Website (SquareSpace)
- Purchasing equipment (Larger Hard drive to support our digital files)
- Marketing efforts (Facebook promotion, Google AdWords)
We are still scouring all over the globe for unique content from collaborators that fit everything A Title. stands for. Below is the rapidly growing list of the collaborations we have begun to compile for the inaugural edition.
Of this list we have representatives from the following identifiers: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Transsexual; incl. MTM, FTM & GNC, Queer, Questioning, Intersex, Pansexual, 2 Spirit, Asexual, Allies and several other personal identities. (Including race, gender, sexual orientation, sexual identity, etc.)
Phil Ferguson – ChiliPhilly (Melbourne, Australia) (He/Him)
- Maude Fernhout (Utretch, Netherlands) (She/Her)
- Gabriel García Román – Queer Icons (Born Zacatecas, Mexico)
- Helen Green – Of Lady Gaga's Haus Collective (United Kingdom)
- Mark Leeming – Bearded Brutes (United Kingdom)
Ryan Martin (San Francisco Bay, California, USA) (He/Him)
- Jijo Kuriakose (Kerala, India) (He/Him)
- Sergio Lins (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) (He/Him)
- SHEP689 Will Shepherd & RJ Agiuar: YouTube Vloggers (California, USA) (He/Him)
Cover Model: Andrea Perez Leon (Born Porlamar, Venezuela) (She/Her)
- Jewelz Mazzi – Big & Blunt (She/Her)
- Michael Stuckless (He/Him)
- Raphael Bruk (He/Him) (Born Dessie, Ethiopia)
- Dylan Gauche (He/Him)
- Darya Dasha (She/Her)
- Lee Iskander (They, Them)
- Andrea Torres (She/Her)
- Alexis Talbot (She/Her)
- Jammy Loch (She/Her)
Androgynous Fashion Feature
- Ketzia Sherman (She/Her)
- Victoria VanderPlaat (She/Her)
- Andres Silvera (He/Him)
- Amy Nyguen (She/Her)
& many more creators and people from every spectrum of the LGBTQQIP2SAA community!
Check out the rewards tab for details on each level of rewards! Below are some examples of the final product. (Note: These are early mockups to supply the visual direction and mood of the magazine, the final product may differ from the following examples.)
Joshua Singler is currently completing his degree at York University and Sheridan College’s joint Honours Bachelor of Design program. As a multidisciplinary artist his subject matter ranges from screen-printing pictures of dildos to socially unacceptable custom typeface names. When Josh isn’t drinking a diet coke he’s probably convincing his friends to band together and create a magazine with him.
Tyler has earned several diplomas from Fleming College for Environmental Technology and Environmental Communications. Tyler is a visual communicator, environmentalist and father of a 9-month-old cat named Meeko. He is passionate about music, photography, the environment and life in general.
JASMINE DOUGLAS: Copy Editor
Jasmine Douglas is working on completing a double major in History and Book & Media Studies at UofT St. George. Her talents include: tripping on things, laughing obnoxiously, and eating really good food. One day, if her undergrad degree doesn't kill her, she'll publish things.
ALEX JONES: Feature Editor
Alex Jones is a third year journalism student at the University of Guelph-Humber with an obsession for Dave Grohl. She’s learning to navigate the world of journalism one interview at a time.
Risks and challenges
Challenges are inevitable. We are fully aware of this. As a team of experienced creatives we understand there are hurdles and this is how we plan on overcoming them.
Being full-time students we understand this is a big project and requires a lot of time to meet our strict deadlines. We have already noticed that because the content of this magazine is of genuine interest to every team member we are often staying awake until 2 or 3am ensuring every detail, down to the Pantone colour samples, grammar, picture resolution, kerning and all that jazz is held to a high standard. We are prepared to work around the clock to meet deadlines and deliver a perfect final product.
Other than the above mentioned, we don't foresee any other (worth mentioning) challenges. We have already spoken with several large printing companies who will be using printing practices such as perfect binding, foil stamping, varnish finishings and every last detail to make this product something of beauty! Along with meetings with printers we've also been scouring local coffee shops, online forums and local universities to find unique, compelling and beautiful content collaborators and we are more than excited to bring them to you!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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